VCU Elevated by Carnegie Foundation

Carnegie Foundation Upgrades VCU to

‘Research University, Very High Research Activity’

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The Carnegie Foundation has elevated Virginia Commonwealth University to “Very High Research Activity” status, which combined with its “Community Engaged” designation makes VCU just one of 28 public universities in the country with academic medical centers to achieve both distinctions.

“The combination of the two designations speaks to the quality and quantity of funded research being conducted at VCU, and the commitment that VCU has made to the community in which it resides,” said VCU President Michael Rao.

“This designation on the heels of VCU’s receipt of the prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to further clinical translational research sends a clear message that VCU is a significant academic research university in the region and in the United States,” Rao said.

The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Doctoral institutions are classified as either very high or high based upon funded research and doctoral degrees awarded.

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